“‘You may have a Ph.D but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can handle the working world’ – a quote from a senior that has influenced me till today,” says Savier Kong, university advocate at The Pencil Box.
Most of us have been conditioned to prioritise good grades since we were young, and scoring A’s in examinations often became the sole aim in school. But how many of us would pause to think whether what we were learning in classrooms would be applicable at work, or in life, later on?
Enter “The Pencil Box,” a platform for students to accelerate their learning curve at university. We realized that many things that we need in the future were not formally taught in the classroom- for example, developing critical thinking, challenging the status quo and being confident in one’s opinion. In other words, we aim to shift the focus from grades to getting more out of today’s education.
What we found was that one of best ways to help one’s mind grow is rather simple- reading.
And so, what we do is maintain a fortnightly newsletter that contains original articles and creative links off the web. The newsletter is absolutely free and anyone interested can just subscribe to it through our website. Our newsletters cover themes related to education, and past articles can be found in the “Blog” section of our website. Some of the highlighted articles or the articles that I believe are very important and worth reading would include “Rethinking Spoon-Feeding”, “3 Better Ways to Spend Your Lunch Time” and many more. In fact, give them all a shot! Although we do publish some of our articles on the website, we strongly encourage students to subscribe to the newsletter because some of the best materials are only given to our subscribers. It also allows for better interaction between the reader and ourselves when readers write in to us.
In addition, we also welcome guest writers who wish to contribute occasionally. Don’t feel discouraged if you are not confident in writing or if you have difficulties in conveying your ideas- we are currently developing a writer-training program to be announced in the near future.
Savier Kong- The Pencil Box.